More than 200 well-known Hollywood writers, directors and producers have signed an open letter pledging to represent gun violence responsibly on screen, following the recent mass shootings that occurred in cities such as Buffalo, New York or the Uvalde school, in the state of Texas. Among the signatories are the directors JJ Abrams and the actors and actresses Debbie Allen, Adam Brody, Mark Ruffalo or Amy Schumer.
United States unable to control weapons despite another massacre of children
As published on Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times, the letter was launched under the slogan #ShowYourSafety and requests that creatives "take into account how violence with firearms is presented on screen" in film or television. The comedians Judd Apatow or Jimmy Kimmel, the producer Kathleen Kennedy, and the screenwriters Adam McKay, Marti Noxon or Shonda Rhimes, as well as the writer Janet Mock, among others, have also signed the document.
“Like most of America, we are enraged by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde,” the letter says, and “considering there have been more than 250 mass shootings so far this year, what a tragedy. almost incomprehensible, something has to be done”.
"Guns figure prominently in television and movies in every corner of the world, but only the United States has an epidemic of gun violence," the document adds. The “responsibility lies with lax gun laws supported by those politicians who are more afraid of losing power than saving lives. We did not cause the problem, but we want to help fix it”, he stresses.
“Stories have the power to generate change”
The #ShowYourSafety campaign comes shortly after gunmen massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, and 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo.
The proposal asks that film and television projects "limit scenes that include children and weapons, considering that weapons are now the leading cause of death of children and adolescents" in the United States. "As America's storytellers, our goal is primarily to entertain, but we also recognize that stories have the power to create change," the statement continues.
“We are under no illusions that these actions are a substitute for gun legislation. Also, this list does not incorporate all the nuances of on-screen weapons. However, these are small things that we can do as a community to try to end this national nightmare.” he concludes.